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Feasibility and design of blast mitigation systems for naval applications using water mist fire suppression systems

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dc.contributor.advisor David V. Burke. en_US
dc.contributor.author Kitchenka, Julie A en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2006-07-13T15:24:38Z
dc.date.available 2006-07-13T15:24:38Z
dc.date.copyright 2004 en_US
dc.date.issued 2004 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/33441
dc.description Thesis (Nav. E.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Ocean Engineering; and, (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2004. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 73-76). en_US
dc.description.abstract The recent trend of using fine water mist systems to replace the legacy HALON- 1301 fire suppression systems warrants further study into other applications of the water mist systems. Preliminary research and investigation indicates that fine mists (20-25 pm droplet size) may reduce peak overpressures of a shock wave traveling through a space. Such pressure reductions could be used to mitigate the destructive effects of a shock wave (initiated by an explosive device) traveling through a structure. Currently these blast mitigation effects have only been demonstrated in small-scale shock tube tests and computer simulations. Uncertainty exists as to the scalability of such a system. The intention of this research is to investigate the applicability of such a blast mitigation system for shipboard use. Study into the degree of mitigation necessary to make a system practical for shipboard installation was conducted. In addition, a theoretical study of the mechanisms of blast mitigation using water mists was completed. Preliminary design of a full-scale system was examined. en_US
dc.description.abstract (cont.) Given the recent trend toward tumblehome hull forms in future Naval Combatant designs, there exists strong applicability of this system in the "dead" spaces created by the shaping of the tumblehome hull. Further work is needed in numerical modeling and laboratory testing of specific phases of the mitigation. The end goal is a feasible design of a blast mitigation system to be used in the outermost spaces of Naval Combatants to protect interior vital system spaces. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Julie A. Kitchenka. en_US
dc.format.extent 127 leaves en_US
dc.format.extent 5651918 bytes
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dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582
dc.subject Ocean Engineering. en_US
dc.subject Civil and Environmental Engineering. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Fire extinction en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Blast effect en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Shock waves en_US
dc.title Feasibility and design of blast mitigation systems for naval applications using water mist fire suppression systems en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree S.M. en_US
dc.description.degree Nav.E. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Ocean Engineering. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 62881910 en_US


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